Some useful excuses for not doing maths homework last night...


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I'm sure your teachers will thank me in the long run... You can use these excuses only if you are able to describe the problem in detail and why it would be impossible for you to have done your homework because of it.

  • I accidentally divided by zero and my paper burst into flames.


  • It was Isaac Newton's birthday - or you can say you celebrated the anniversary of the publication of his major work (but you have to find out which one it is!).


  • I could only get arbitrarily close to my textbook. I couldn't actually reach it.


  • I have the proof, but there isn't room to write it in this margin.


  • I was watching the World Series and got tied up trying to prove that it converged.


  • I locked the paper in my trunk but a four-dimensional dog got in and ate it.


  • I couldn't figure out whether i am the square of negative one or i is the square root of negative one.


  • I took time out to snack on a doughnut and a cup of coffee.   I spent the rest of the night trying to figure which one to dunk.


  • I could have sworn I put the homework inside a Klein bottle, but this morning I couldn't find it.


If you find any other excuses, share them with me! Here's one I got recently from William...

  • It mysteriously appeared in my fish tank. The ink started to run and my house flooded with numbers which I accidentally drank, so i flushed the blank paper down the toilet. A few hour later i felt sick and puked up the numbers and flushed that down le loo aswell. This paper was found and handed in for recycling. This then turned into an egg box, with the numbers in the egg. This egg was used as a convicts breakfast, who is going to be released today. I called him, and he put the numbers onto a blank piece of paper and filled in the answers for me. Now, just to prove that i AM good at time, the convict should be arriving about...(look at your watch / classroom clock) NOW! (Just hope that you weren't lying and the door does swing open!)



Some links that may help you with further explanations if your teacher asks for further explanation:

Isaac Newton

Isaac Newton's most important work

Zeno's paradox

Fermat's Last Theorem


Imaginary numbers.



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